Message from the Principal
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our families for the 2020 school year. I would especially like to welcome all new students and parents to our school community. We are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead. As you can see we are trialing a new format for our school newsletter to make it easier for you to keep up with what is happening at North Perth Primary School.
It is an exciting time for staff as we focus on the delivery of targeted teaching and learning programs to ensure maximum progress for all students in 2020. We are committed to working together to continually improve our professional knowledge and practice to achieve what we have stated in our Business Plan and School Improvement Action Plan. The key focus areas of our Business Plan are Excellence in Teaching and a Positive School Environment.
Over the past few months we have been focused on specific strategies outlined in our School Improvement Action Plan. Our main focus has been to develop a case management approach (targeted teaching) that uses robust data to assess what students know, implement targeted strategies to progress students and use data to identify how successful we have been. This will be the main focus of parent/teacher interviews later in the term. We have created a Values Committee to help develop a school culture that supports and promotes our school values of respect, responsibility, resilience and inclusivity. We look forward to sharing more with you about this exciting project.
I would like to welcome two new teachers to North Perth Primary School this year. Mrs Christine Hill joins us from Edgewater Primary school and will be teaching Year 3 in Room 1. Miss Claire Pratley joins us from Deanmore Primary School and will be our Year 5/6 teacher in Room 10. I know they already feel welcomed by our school community.
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Lastly, I would like to thank all of the parents involved in making the welcome back BBQ such a fantastic event. The dunk tank was a standout (even if a little dangerous).
School Development Days
Teaching staff officially came back to work on Thursday 30 January. We completed two full days of professional learning. The main focus was on developing our case management approach, more specifically how we use targeted teaching at North Perth Primary School. Main focuses of the two school development days were:
This is a key focus area addressed at the end of 2019. In 2020 we are embedding the case management (targeted teaching) approach. This is to focus on:
1. Knowing where our students are at
2. Having a targeted plan to move them forward
3. Knowing when we have done it, and how well.
Staff pre-read the Grattan Institute article Targeted Teaching: How better use of data can improve student learning. In year level groups teachers presented key themes from allocated chapters. Guidelines are to be written for clarity of expectations.